Are You Watching “The Book of Boba Fett”? (My Thoughts)

As a young teenager when I started delving into the Star Wars universe, Boba Fett was near the top of my list of most intriguing characters. The cool armor, the stoic personality, the deadly reputation as a bounty hunter, the jet pack, the odd-looking ship…even with little screen time and dialogue, he was awesome.

I loved The Mandalorian, and I was just as excited to see what Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni did with The Book of Boba Fett after seeing the titular character take the Hutt throne.

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect, yet I’ve been surprised by every episode, mostly because each episode is so different. Some are a mix of flashbacks and the present. Others feel like Firefly episodes. And others are essentially more episodes of The Mandalorian.

I can see how some might want a more consistent tone and format to each episode, but I’m loving the sheer variety the show offers. It’s clear that Disney really trusts these showrunners to tell a big story, a movie-level story across multiple episodes (but not rushed). I think it’s brilliant.

In fact, I would say that I prefer this to Disney’s Marvel method of adding spinoff after spinoff. I’ve enjoyed all of the Marvel shows so far, but the Mandalorian/Boba Fett method is more interesting to me: Start with a very focused story and expand it bit by bit, character by character, all within the same show. It works as long as the timeline remains the same.

What do you think of this format? Is the show working for you?

4 thoughts on “Are You Watching “The Book of Boba Fett”? (My Thoughts)”

  1. We’re enjoying it, but I think it’s telling that I’ve preferred the most recent two episodes to the rest of the series.

    I think they’ve made Boba Fett a little bit too… nice… I’d prefer a lot more moral ambiguity from him.

    I still like the show, but I’m not sure this version rings true with the dude from TESB who was worried that Han wouldn’t survive the freezing process because he was worth nothing to him dead. I get that he’s supposed to have had some realisations due to his experiences in the desert, but some sort of in-between would feel more authentic to me.

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    • That’s a good point. The original Boba Fett was cold-blooded, almost robotic in his demeanor and actions. I don’t need him to be warm, but nuanced would be great.

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  2. I love the parallels between his flashbacks and what he’s doing to build his own type of family as a daimyo. It shows character progression, growing beyond the mercenary for hire which didn’t have a future. In a way, he’s building his own Mandolorian clan.

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  3. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the overall story as a Star Wars RPG player for the past few years. The only thing I viscerally dislike is the tenor of the environment and that’s due 100% to the fact that it is a Disney franchise. The world isn’t gritty enough…the cantina in Mos fill-in-the-blank looks more like The Cheesecake Factory than a “retched hive of scum and villainy” as stated by Sir Alec Guiness nearly 45 years ago.

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